The Butter Factory, Myrtleford

26 Apr

At the Taste of Two Regions festival last year (our inspiration for our trip down south!) – amongst all the wine – we obsessed about the salted hand-churned butter samples from attendee Myrtleford Butter Factory. It’s a must-do for us on this trip.

Myrtleford’s about half an hour down the (Great Alpine) road from Beechworth, so we set out early on Friday morning to see if the Butter Factory is open. It is!

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One of the owners, Naomi, has seen that we’re in the area on Twitter and greets us warmly. We take a seat in the Butter Factory’s cafe and browse the surprisingly short breakfast menu. Even though it’s Good Friday, the place is buzzing – there’s a real anticipation in the air of a big weekend!

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There's a decent balcony out the back, with views towards Mt Buffalo

There’s a decent balcony out the back, with views towards Mt Buffalo

I like that the menu has both butter (creme fraiche, buttermilk pancakes, butter (!)) and non-butter items, but I think it’s really missing something that truly shows off its products – like a butter tasting plate. There are butter tastings on crackers in the adjoining factory (see below), but I’d pay for a plate for two with small buttermilk pancakes, some raisin toast with butter, maybe a scone with creme fraiche, garlic toast, mashed potato/cooked spud, a shot of buttermilk and maybe a shortbread cookie to finish off… okay okay, I digress!

We both order the buttermilk pancakes. Well, pancake. But it’s a whopper of one.

Buttermilk pancakes ($12.50)

Buttermilk pancakes ($12.50)

This is a hearty pancake with a massive dollop of icecream – I actually struggle to finish. I love the crispy edges. If I could have swapped the maple syrup for berries I would have been very happy, but this does the job nicely.

Boyfriend's a little disappointed with his coffee

Boyfriend’s a little disappointed with his coffee

Sated, we head into the butter factory, where the free tastings of their range are being offered.

Full Butter Factory range

Full Butter Factory range; I love the distinctive packaging of the salted and unsalted butter (bottom right)

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We start with the unsalted butter log ($8) which is smooth and light. The salted butter log ($8.50) is delicious – the right lift of salt on the creamy base. This is the butter I remember from last year and I’m excited to have my hands on it again (and of course buy a log!).

Chocolate butter

Chocolate butter

We then try the specially made chocolate butter, using chocolate from the newly opened Bright Chocolate Factory. It’s not as sweet as I expect (no bad thing!).

Buttermilk

Buttermilk ($3.50)

We next get little shots of buttermilk – the liquid that comes out after the butter’s been churned – the same which was used in our pancakes. I can’t ever remember trying straight buttermilk before, and I’m surprised just how tangy it tastes.

Smoked viking salt used in the - you guessed it - smoked viking salt butter ($7)

Smoked viking salt used in the – you guessed it – smoked viking salt butter ($7)

We move through the rest of the range – the standouts for me being the honey and walnut ($7), smoked viking salt butter ($7) and the garlic confit ($7.50). The honey and walnut is sweet and nutty, and the smoked viking salt is incredibly moreish. There’s no denying the garlic in the garlic confit butter (if you’re tasting, you might want to try this last!).

In addition to selling plenty of other local goods and crafts, the factory’s also got a viewing room into where the butter is hand-churned.

BUTTER!

BUTTER!

There are kid-friendly signs which explain how butter’s made and the special differences in this factory. The rolls for their salted and unsalted logs are the way they are because they’re pushed through a sausage machine – clever!

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We leave the now very busy factory with three types of butter – and regret a few hours later that I didn’t get the garlic confit!

Getting busy! Looking down from the viewing ramp

Getting busy! Looking down from the viewing ramp

We need an outlet in Canberra!

We need an outlet in Canberra!

Date: Friday, 18 April 2014

Where: Great Alpine Road, Myrtleford

Cost: High $30s for food, coffee and tea; $8.50 (salted butter log) + $7 (honey and walnut) + $7 (smoked viking salt) for butter

Value for money: Cafe: medium-high (coffee a let down; could do more with menu, but buttermilk pancakes great); Butter produce: very high

Worthwhile factor: Highly worthwhile

Want more? Try their website - and yes they do deliver!

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10 Responses to “The Butter Factory, Myrtleford”

  1. Gary Lum April 26, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    Mmm…everything is better with butter (and bacon) :-)

    • inthetaratory April 26, 2014 at 11:21 am #

      I agree! It’s hard to use just a little of this when it’s sooo delicious!

      • Gary Lum April 26, 2014 at 11:42 am #

        I’ve been told the butter at Costco is good. Not just big amounts but better flavour too than supermarket butter.

      • inthetaratory April 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

        Mm yum! I think Pepe Saya is still my favourite, but Myrtleford is definitely a very, very close second.

  2. shenANNAgans April 27, 2014 at 10:01 am #

    Mmmmm… Butter. Myrtleford is one of my all time fav places in Aus. Have been ordering the butter for years, although, Gary is right, Costco does a pretty good one too.
    Did you get to the little Turkish cafe? It’s fantastic?

    • inthetaratory May 8, 2014 at 8:04 am #

      No, we were only passing through! Damn. It looks like a great place. Glad to find another fellow butter lover!

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